In the 1931 and 1941 films about Jekyll and Hyde, does Baker say the Hydes get progressively worse or stay the same, and how does he describe...

In the 1931 and 1941 films about Jekyll and Hyde, does Baker say the Hydes get progressively worse or stay the same, and how does he describe them?

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The link shows a short interview with Rick Baker. He talks about Frederick March and Spencer Tracy as Hyde. I need help with these questions based on this interview.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rick Baker, Hollywood make-up artist, says there is a "progressive deterioration" in both the 1931 Frederick March Hyde and the 1941 Spencer Tracy Hyde. First there is the deterioration to Jekyll when he transforms into Hyde, but as Hyde becomes more and more of a foul non-human being, Hyde undergoes his own deterioration. In March, the monster-like qualities are exaggerated and over time become more and more extreme. For instance, Baker points out that organza silk is used to lower his eye lids to give a gruesome look of deterioration to his eyes. In Spencer, the deterioration occurs but it is more subtle and not exaggerated. The reason is that, as Baker says, Spencer portrays a more human Hyde, a Hyde who might be recognized as a Homo Sapien were he to enter a pub or a restaurant. In contrast, March portrays a monsterish Hyde, one who would be looked at as sub-human or even non-human in a public place. Baker says that these differences emphasize the human Hyde versus the caveman Hyde. Baker uses two important words in relation to the transformations of the Jekylls and Hydes from man to animal and particularly to the transformations of the Hydes into monsters. These words are those quoted above, "progressive deterioration." Baker indicates that the essence of these portrayals of Jekyll and Hyde, and especially Hyde, is summed up in a continual ongoing deterioration in Hyde.